n a sudden twist of events, the Peoples Democractic Party’s lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached the Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin.
The Minority Leader, Mr. Samuel Ajibola, had told journalists on Wednesday that Omirin remained the speaker and that there was no plan to impeach him.
Dele Olugbemi who had acted as pro-tem Speaker during the controversial Monday’s plenary was elected as the new Speaker.
The lawmakers also replaced the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Tunji Orisalade, with a female lawmaker who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress, Mrs. Abeni Olayinka, representing Ado Constituency 2.
At about 8am, some group of youths, led by one Bello Ganiyu-Akande, had protested to the Assembly, calling for Omirin’s removal on account of alleged frosty relationship with Fayose.
Ganiyu-Akande described the APC lawmakers as enemies of the State who should not be given a breathing space to actualise their alleged sinister intention.
Omirin has, however, insisted that he remained the Speaker because the PDP lawmakers did not meet the 2/3 majority required to impeach him as stipulated by the 1999 constitution.
In a programme monitored on African Independent Television on Thursday, he said “The 19 APC members are intact and we are outside the State because the place is not safe for us. Fayose is fast becoming a maximum ruler and this cannot stand.”
Omirin , who had on Monday threatened to go to court said that the APC lawmakers would resume duties next Monday to begin their legislative work.
“What they did was illegal because they cannot change the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ordinarily, we never had the intention of impeaching the Governor because he has not committed any offence.
“But we have to leave the State when we realised that our lives are no longer safe. As I speak to you , my drivers and other aides have been removed and wild demonstration sponsored by Fayose is ongoing in Ado-Ekiti now. I want to emphasise that I remain the Speaker of the Assembly,” he insisted.
Ten people sat at the chambers on Thursday to conduct the plenary including the three whose identities still remain hidden.
However, only seven PDP legislators appeared in the Speaker’s office for the prayer session after the Assembly coup.
Journalists were barred from covering the session where Omirin was impeached. But a selected few were later allowed in after Olugbemi had taken charge in the chambers.
During the brief sitting that lasted for about 45 minutes, the lawmakers repealed the Ekiti State Peace Corps established by ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi, describing the body as a burden to the finances of the State.
They also amended the Ekiti State Logo and reversed the Ekiti’s slogan to ‘Fountain of Knowledge,’ which had earlier been tinkered with by Fayemi to “Land of Honour.”
Immediately after the plenary, the three lawmakers whose identities still remain unknown disappeared from the chambers. They did not follow others to the Speaker’s office which initially had been under lock and key.
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